NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The surname Forbes is identical with Forbush and is of ancient Scottish origin. The family was in Aberdeenshire and Arglyshire before 1200 and possesses the lordship of Forbes.
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(I) Jacob Forbes, said to have been born in Scotland, was an early settler of Oneida county, New York. In 1790 he was living at Canajoharie, Montgomery county, and had three males over sixteen and three females in his family. His son Jacob was also head of a family, and Hannah, perhaps a daughter-in-law, and Nicholas, probably another son.
(II) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (1) Forbes, was born about 1760 and lived in Oneida and Montgomery counties, N.Y. His wife lived to the great age of ninety-seven years.
Chauncey, Chalres, George, John, Harriet and Sophia.
(III) Charles, son of Jacob (2) Forbes, was born in Oneida county, N.Y., near the present city of Utica, about 1824, died in 1897. He had a common school education. He went to work in Pennsylvania when a young man and settled in Crawford county. He was a farmer all his active life.
In politics he was a Republican; in religion a Methodist.
He married, about 1845, Mary Clifford, born at Oneida county, N.Y., died in 1896, aged sixty-six.
1. George Irving, hotel proprietor, Minnesota.
2. Elbert Orlando, mentioned below.
3. Flora A., married J. D. Roberts, an attorney-at-law at Meadville, Pennsylvania.
4. Melvin, lives on the homestead in Crawford county, Pennsylvania.
(IV) Elbert Orlando, son of Charles Forbes, was born May 29, 1855. He attended the public and select schools of his native town. He worked for his father during his youth, and, when he was nearly of age came to Utica and worked at cheesemaking. In 1877 he went to Fairhaven, Vermont, and engaged in manufacturing cheese, in partnership with a Mr. Hunt, and continued until 1881 when he came to Fort Covington, N.Y., and made his home. He built a plant for the manufacture of butter, and has carried on business there to the present time with great success. He installed the first separator for use in butter-making in this part of the country and has always used the most advanced machinery and most progressive methods in his business. He was one of the founder of the Fort Covington Banking Company, organized in Feb., 1906, and was on the original board of directors and the first vice-president; since 1907 he has been president of this bank. He in imterested in public affairs and education, and has for many years been president of the board of education and a trustee of the incorporated village.
He is a member and past master of Aurora Lodge, No. 383, Free and Accepted Masons, of Fort Covington. For many years he was chief ranger of the Independent Order of Foresters.
He attends the Presbyterian church.
He married, in 1896, Dora L., daughter of John S. and Kate (Ward) McCoy, of Fort Covington. They had one daughter, Mary, who died at the age of ten months.
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